Choos­ing the right chords

Add colour to tired pro­gres­sions with a se­lec­tion of ex­tended chords

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So far we’ve looked at a range of fairly stan­dard chords. There are, though, end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties when it comes to cre­at­ing lus­cious, colour­ful chords. With so many choices, it can be hard to know where to start. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve grouped some of our favourite chords to­gether by mood. We’ll also show you how to use ex­tended chords to make po­ten­tially bor­ing pro­gres­sions more in­ter­est­ing. Although we’ve sug­gested some places these chords are most com­monly used, they can be used in all styles – there are no hard and fast rules.


Tense, bluesy sound

These chords are su­per-pop­u­lar in all kinds of blues. The 9th and 13th can be heard in many mod­ern blues play­ers’ reper­toires. The dom­i­nant 9th is a well-used chord in funk too.


Mellow sound

These chilled-out ex­tended chords work re­ally well as re­place­ments for ‘reg­u­lar’ ma­jor chords and are great for adding a jazzy tinge to your pro­gres­sions.

colour­ing in

Add depth and cre­ativ­ity to your play­ing by learn­ing a wide va­ri­ety of chords

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